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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 14

New Hyundai chief in U.S. predicts better market share

Hyundai's top U.S. executive forecasts Hyundai sales of about 745,000 vehicles in 2014, with industry sales of about 15.9 million vehicles, which would give Hyundai a 4.7 percent share of the U.S. market. – Autonews.com

Daimler CEO says new plant may be on horizon

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said the automaker may build another factory in North America as a way to ramp up global production capacity but further expanding in Alabama was not a likely scenario for now. – Autonews.com

Lockhart likes current Fed course

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart says last month’s weak payroll growth shouldn’t discourage monthly bond purchases while the overall economy continues to strengthen. – BloombergBusinessweek

Elections over, big government returns

State agencies are moving ahead with budget requests, saying health care and public safety needs persist through good times and bad. Agencies want an additional $268 million, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office. A shortfall of  $83.3 million in the General Fund is predicted. – The Montgomery Advertiser

Huntsville contractor gets new missile contract

Raytheon has received a $156 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense to procure Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles, according to a news release. – Raytheon website

Nektar’s NKTR-171 moves through testing process

Nektar Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Huntsville, announces that phase one testing has begun on NKTR-171, a new sodium channel blocker for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain. – 4-traders.com

Credit unions continue lending uptick

Alabama credit unions added $187 million in new loans from second quarter to third quarter — $8 million were small business loans, according to the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates. – creditunionsonline.com

UAB researchers experiment with gardening therapy

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers want to introduce breast cancer survivors to a new kind of therapy — gardening. Harvest for Health, an ongoing study at UAB, pairs breast cancer survivors with a master gardener from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. – UAB website

Cognitive training has lasting benefits for seniors

Results from a national, decade-long study in six cities including Birmingham suggest that particular types of cognitive training can have lasting benefits for older adults. – University of Washington website

Agracel Inc. wins tax credit in Anniston

Anniston will reduce a local company's taxes for 10 years to help it expand and possibly create jobs for 200 workers. Agracel Inc., an Illinois-based industrial developer, owns a McClellan facility that houses International Automotive Components, which injects plastic into molds to create automotive parts. – The Anniston Star

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